Here’s Looking at You, Grid: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Grid Network – June 4, 2021Posted to Energy Central in the Grid Professionals Group
- Jun 4, 2021 12:46 pm GMT
The grid is often called the largest and most complex machine that engineers have ever created, and that was before the advent of smart grid technology, modernized solutions, and more taking place across T&D infrastructure all the time today. Keeping up with the developments on grid technology, associated grid markets, and appropriate regulations and policies can be a full-time job, but with the aid of the Grid Network on Energy Central (composed of the Grid Professionals Group and the Transmission Professionals Group) you can be privy to the best shortcut to stay up to date on the news, musings, and debates shaping the grid today.
Grid Modernization Special Issue
Link to Special Issue Articles: http://energycentral.com/topics/tags/special-issue-2021-05-grid-modernization
Earlier this month, we put out a call to the Energy Central Community to share what was on their minds regarding the challenges today's grid is facing and the solutions that will overcome those hurdles, on the future technologies and innovations that will start transforming the grid this year, on the investment being made in the modern grid, and more. As expected, the community followed through with some can't-miss thought leadership insights that I feel confident can directly be taken as a roadmap to the future of the grid! The full list of articles submitted by our thought leaders can be found at the above link, I highly recommend you carve out some time to read through the headlines and pick out a handful of articles to read with your cup of coffee sometime this weekend.
Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast Episodes Focusing on Grid
To go along with the Grid Modernization Special Issue, our official Energy Central podcast put out episodes all focused on technology and programs related to the grid during the past month. With great guests like Mark Gabriel as he departed as CEO of WAPA, Energy Central mainstay Doug Houseman, and microgrid leader Bruce Schadler, there’s a lot to learn about the grid from the podcast this month. Load these up onto your phone and listen in as you do the chores, drive to work, or lounge in the sun this weekend.
Tesla Powerwalls hooked up to provide grid frequency balancing in Vermont utility pilot
Among grid topics, the impact and rollout of energy storage is no doubt one of the trendiest topics, and there are countless stakeholders among those developments. One of the most visible, of course, remains Tesla and in this article from Frank McCamant we see that Tesla’s latest generation of Powerwalls are being used in a utility pilot in Vermont to provide grid frequency balancing, one of the less discussed but most important contributions of distributed energy generation. If you think batteries are only good for load shifting or in times of blackouts, read Frank’s great article here to learn more.
Going into summer, grid operators are on the edge
Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/gr/going-summer-grid-operators-are-edge
Last, but certainly not least, is this article from Rao Konidena of Rakon Energy LLC that dives into another important topic you’ll be reading about for the coming weeks: grid operators across the country preparing for the summer months and the increased power demand that comes with heat waves. Recent summers have been plagued with brown outs, black outs, and PSPS events, and so grid operators have been working around the clock to harden and prepare their assets, but Rao highlights the uncertainty and risks that remain. A great primer on the potential summertime issues coming to the U.S. power sector this summer, you don’t want to miss this one.
This wraps up another edition of ‘Here’s Looking at You, Grid.’ Check back in this spot in four weeks to see what submissions have captured the attention of our community. And if you think there are stories I’m missing—let me know in the comments, or better yet submit an article on those stories so it can be included in the next issue. Make sure you don’t miss out on these shared insights in the future.
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